I'm starting to think Missie should start using them, soon.
we did a unit on them when the oldest was about 6th grade so everyone would know at least how to use them, they only used them now if its impossible to do anything else, they'd rather figure it out and know how to do it. i do encourage them to use them when they have math lessons that theyve mastered, and they have problems left do do, they use the calculator for whats left- keeps them up on using a calculator, does that make sense?
My oldest was using them in PS when I pulled him out to homeschool. My younger 2 have had their own for a few years now they think it is so much fun to use them! They know how to do math with out them as well, most of the time they only use them when playing store.
my son is only 6 but LOVES learning, anyway he does not use one with school work, but dad brought one home from work for him to play with and he loves it, at first i figured it would interfer with school or he would not understand it, but no. he understands the plus and minus and now is interested in multiplying, wich i have been wondering when to introduce that also. (he is really great with numbers, now we are on a secoond grade math or more) anyway i think to indroduce them to it for play is great, they are learning while playing, they will learn functions, and probably memorize as well.
All of my kids know how to use them but I don't permit them to be used during school unless they are doing conversion problems. After school, they can use them all they want to.
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